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Reviews for Contrasts of Mexico and Yucatan Peninsula 4.5 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.

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4.5 Helen Power, 07/03/15

Please Review Your Overall Experience And What Your Highlights Were

All the archaeological sites were amazing. Tikal and Palenque being the best of the lot.

 

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4 Tony Cross, 13/01/15

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The visit to the archaeological site of Yaxchilan - only accessible by fast river boat (fun in itself), few other tourists, mysterious ruins still half in the jungle, and a troop of howler monkeys who added a dramatic audio-visual backdrop.

Huge and thought provoking ancient ruins amidst tropical, dynamic and rapidly developing countries.

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4 Ilse Hoffman, 11/03/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Most fascinating site: Palenque. Most surprising site: Tonina. Most lovely setting: Yaxchilan. Lovely colonial cities, hard to choose between Oaxaca or San Cristobal. Fantastic snorkelling at Caye Caulker. Sopa de lima (lime soup) at Valladolid. Great variation on this trip

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4.5 David Worsfold, 08/03/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

There were many highlights. The ancient sites were all different, but probably Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Palenque, Tikal and Uxmal stood out; although others such as Yakchillan and Tonina were very atmospheric; the trip down the Sumidero gorge; the colonial towns of Oaxaca and San Cristobal were fascinating and the days on Caye Caulker were very relaxing.

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4.5 , 03/12/13

Name

Anne

Tour Name

Mexico and Yucatan

Tour Code

MXY

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Fantastic archaeological sites - Teotihuacan, Palenque and Uxmal stood out particularly but also some of the less well known, and less excavated, sites like Yaxchilan and Tonina were very atmospheric. In addition, this was a very varied holiday - colonial towns, natural gorges, fantastic mountain scenery and Caye Caulker was very relaxing.

Tour Leader Name

Ana

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Excellent - very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Ana had a great sense of fun and was very entertaining, also extremely helpful, going out of her way to make sure that everyone got what they wanted out of the holiday.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

The more able you are to climb the pyramids, the more you will enjoy the archaeological sites. Keep your financial options open - not all ATMs in Mexico worked, and travellers cheques weren't accepted in Mexican banks.

 
5 , 16/10/13

Name

Lakhbir Channa

Tour Code

MXY

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Belize was the highlight of the trip, especially the island.

Tour Leader Name

Ana

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

She was fantastic

 
5 , 16/10/13

Name

Paul

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Sumidero Canyon boat tour.

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How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Very knowledgeable, patient and caring. Answered all our needs!

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Take an umbrella to hide from the sun, take a small towel to keep around your neck for the heat.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

The best Explore trip I have done!

 
5 Susan Squires, 01/03/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

We visited Yaxchilan, a remote Mayan site only accessible by boat, towards the end of the afternoon.  The site was deserted.  The last party was just leaving as we arrived.  The site is in the rainforest and not completely restored.  The howler monkeys were very noisy and the spider monkeys leaping from tree to tree as the late afternoon sun backlit the fantastic roofcomb.  It was an experience I will never forget.

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5 Gabrielle Graham, 11/01/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Our leader was a wonderful leader, full of interesting information, friendly and extremely capable

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0 Jayne Rudge, 27/10/11

Where do I start ? Archaeological sites, local culture, beautiful landscapes, amazing wildlife (with the help of a field guide I, confidently, identified fifty eight bird species - only four of which I had seen before) - just a few of the things included on this amazingly varied trip. It's very difficult to pick a highlight but, if forced to do so, I would say that snorkelling with two manatees on a reef off Caye Caulker (Belize) would take the prize.

If you are thinking of doing this trip, don't miss the extension - it's well worth it.  Ana was an extremely knowledgeable guide who accompanied us throughout the tour. She ensured that the interests of different members of the group were addressed and her flexible approach ensured that we missed nothing. Over two thousand photographs provide prompts to memories that will last forever. A wonderful trip which I would highly recommend. (MXY -23rd July 2011)

 
 
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